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Freshwater Jewels

August 2010: The blue waters of the Ramganga shimmered in the afternoon sun. It was an idyllic day, perfect for lying at the river’s edge, looking at the blue sky and the wide sweep of water as a river that had flowed for centuries lapped its white stone-lined banks. But life, as it often does, had other plans for me and I had work to do.

The Future of the Bengal Tiger

August 2010: Sanctuary Asia presents below an indicative ‘Tiger Agenda’ for the next decade. This has been arrived at in consultation with some of India’s best wildlife experts, including forest officers, state government officials, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and several members of the National Board for Wildlife.

Trauma In Central India

August 2010: The Central Indian tiger landscape spans from Maharashtra to Madhya Pradesh across several Protected Areas (Kanha – Pench (Madhya Pradesh) – Pench (Maharashtra) – Satpuda – Nagzira – Tadoba-Andhari).

25 Species Endangered – We Must Not Lose

October 2006: The IUCN, the World Conservation Union, an international organisation dedicated to natural resource conservation has various labels for species based on its perception of their status – threatened, vulnerable, endangered, and so on.

And Then There Were None… The Future Of Frogs?

“Frogs, so common in these humid forests, are crucial links in the ecology. If they disappear, all kinds of food chains will be broken and the effect could be little short of catastrophic to wildlife in general. And sadly, for now at least, it seems like the golden frog has waved its last in the wild.”

Will We Force The Narcondam Hornbill Into Extinction?

Human actions, whether direct or indirect, are nowadays almost singularly responsible for nudging species towards their doom. Redemption from such a, potentially, lost cause lies in the adroit harnessing of resources, an assessment of the situation, the application of rigorous science, and hopefully, the forestalling of a threatened species careening towards extinction.

Tigers? What About The Elephants

Stranded. On the terrace of a Pollution Control Research Centre building on the edge of Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand. It’s nearing midnight, and we have been here for hours. I am hungry, exhausted and the bones are stiff with the effort of sitting still, silent, as if we weren’t here at all. To fool, well, to try fool, the elephant barely ten feet away from us.

Whither Apis mellifera?

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. – Henry David Thoreau

Saving the Pygmy Hog

It is the world’s smallest and rarest extant suid and only a handful of people can ever claim to have seen it in the wild. It is 55 to 71 cm. long, weighs around eight to 11 kg. and stands just 12 inches (20 to 30 cm.) tall. The days when the pygmy hog was common along the foothill plains of the Himalaya in India, Bhutan and Nepal are long past.

The Man-Eating Syndrome

There are now eleven Tiger Reserves in India. Hopefully, there will soon be more. The killing of tigers and their commercial exploitation is banned, but along with the desire to save the tiger there exists a blind determination to exploit his habitat. The tiger is our national animal and an international status symbol, but we have not been able to muster sufficient political support to prevent the destruction…

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